Recyclable dog toys can end a pet peeve of environmentalists

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jakks is also looking for ways to bring a little bit of green to the children’s toys it designs, develops, produces and markets under various brand names. “We’re looking at other ways to incorporate recycled materials into several Jakks Pacific lines, as well,” Berman said. MALIBU – In case anyone wondered how the family dog could get in on the environmental craze, toymaker Jakks Pacific is marketing canine accessories made from recyclable materials. The AKC Green Planet Collection, featuring pet toys and products made of recycled plastics and polyester stuffing, is among the latest product lines for Jakks, in partnership with JPI Pets. The packaging is 100 percent recyclable and endorsed by the American Kennel Club. “We recognize the importance of being an environmentally conscious company,” said Stephen Berman, president and COO of Jakks Pacific Inc., located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. “Now, dog owners can enjoy premium quality treats, toys and accessories that are good for the environment and reflect the prestige and heritage long associated with the American Kennel Club.” last_img read more

Expect Madison Bumgarner to be a topic of discussion in Giants’ GM interviews

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — After his final start of the season Friday, Madison Bumgarner passed on the opportunity to speculate about his future with the Giants.Bumgarner has little to gain from discussing what lies ahead, but this offseason there will be no shortage of dialogue about what’s next for the Giants ace.The left-hander, who authored one of the greatest postseason pitching performances in baseball history in 2014, is closing in on his 10th full season with the Giants, but is set to enter the …last_img

Day 4 of The 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1See results from Day 2See results from Day 3There are a chosen few that have been on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour for a number of years that have been deemed “Master Scouts”. On my very first year on this tour I rode with retired farmer Dick Overby, now with Rain and Hail, LLC. This is his 10th year on the tour and I am privileged to be with him again today as we travel from Iowa City, Iowa to Dick’s stomping grounds of southern Minnesota. He is so knowledgeable about agriculture and passionate about it too. That will make this last day an enjoyable one. The tour wraps up in Rochester, Minnesota tonight.7:30 a.m.We head to Iowa County, Iowa for our first stop and this corn was planted much later. Ears were very high, but tip back will bite the yield potential here. No one is talking about the dirty F-word this week, but if an early frost comes, this field will be susceptible. Our yield check is 150.1. The soybean were also a bit younger, in stage 4, but things here look good. Our pod count was 1310.4.Iowa Co, IowaIowa Co, Iowa8:07 a.m.These fields are in Keokuk County, Iowa and again this corn is not very far along compared to other fields in Iowa yesterday. The ears were a little more developed by no sign of dent yet. Our number for this field is 173.7. The soybeans looked great and one of the stalks had 112 pods on them. Luckily someone else on the crew has pod counting duties this morning. The pod count in a 3 x3 square here is 2632.. The highest I have seen this week by a mile.Keokuk Co, IowaKeokuk Co, Iowa8:55 a.m.Mahaska County, Iowa has some SDS showing up and the field we scouted was no exception. The corn population was high and the ears were a decent length but some tip back was noted. Leaf diseases have thinned out this field as plenty of sun was getting to the dirt in the spot I was in. Our corn yield guess is 238.7 and we counted 1632 soybean pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Mahaska Co, IowaMahaska Co, Iowa 9:32 a.m.Our 4th stop of Day 4 is in Marion County, Iowa. There are a group of investors following us today and they are commenting how the fields are looking better as we go west and they are right. This corn field would have had a higher number if it weren’t for a 14 round on one ear, but that is they way it goes out here. The soybeans were being munched on by a pest but to a very minimal degree and mostly on the end rows. Our yield check here is 183.6 and the pod count was a 1512.Marion Co, IowaMarion Co, Iowa10:15 a.m.In Warren County, Iowa, we had the rare occasion to meet the farmer of the fields we were sampling. He saw our Pro Farmer hats and said “I know what you’re doing here.” One of the best parts of a chance meeting like this one is to get some background on these fields. They were recently hit with a fungicide that will get them to harvest in the best possible health and the moisture has been just about right all season. He said he pulled a sample yesterday and got 185 and with our sample we hit the yield at 185.7. The soybeans were unbelievable with a solid pop and pod count. Our bean number here is 2611.Warren Co, IowaWarren Co, IowaWarren Co, Iowa11:20 a.m.The field we found in Polk County, Iowa looked like most of the fields from Day 2. Variability was prevalent here and the ears were poorly developed. The only thing that saved this sample was a high population. The soybeans were very tall, but not very productive, compared to our morning samples. Our corn yield estimate is 173.2 and the soybean pod count was 1200.Polk Co, IowaPolk Co, IowaPolk Co, Iowa 11:47 a.m.One more stop before lunch in Story County, Iowa. I have been in some good dirt, but this dirt was among the best I have set foot on. Anyone’s back yard garden would lose to this piece. This corn field is in the early milk stage but the ears are filled out to the tip and our yield estimate is 204. The soybeans,although they were tall, left a lot to be desired and came in with a count of 1008.8.Story Co, IowaStory Co, Iowa 1:25 p.m.Our first stop after lunch was in Boone County, Iowa. These fields are really saturated and I feel like my boots weigh 20 pounds a piece after making my way 35 paces in and 35 paces out. The spot I landed in was very short and thin. Stalks were only about 6 feet tall. Populations were high and ears were medium in size. Our calculations peg this field at at 169.1. The 30 inch soybeans were below our daily average at 1272.Boone Co, IowaBoone Co, Iowa 2:10 p.m.Hamilton County, Iowa just received quite a bit of rain recently. The corn looked really nice and uniform and the health of the plants were very good. Ear development was excellent and this field will bring in 220 bushels on average according to our math. The soybeans were highly populated but the pods per plant were lacking. Our number here is 1159 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Hamilton Co, Iowa3:00 p.m.As we head north things aren’t getting much better, but they aren’t getting much worse either. The consistency of these corn fields are much different than what we saw on Days 1 and 2 in Ohio and Indiana. Our corn here will measure 191 bushels to the acre and the soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows will be a very average 1452.Wright Co, IowaWright Co, IowaWright Co, Iowa 3:35 p.m.Despite some hail damage early in the season, this field will do okay. The yield calc is right around average at 188.5. We have only been below 170 twice today and have been close to 190 most of the day. The soybeans here were one of the worst of the day clocking in with 1132 pods in a 3 foot square.Hancock Co, IowaHancock Co, IowaHancock Co, Iowa 3:55 p.m.Our final stop for the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour is in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. This corn was just like what we saw for the  majority of the day. Our number here is 187.2. The soybeans were healthy looking and even looked alright once we got them to the truck, but these heavily podded plants were in 30 inch rows, so the number is a modest 1195.Cerro Gordo Co, IowaCerro Gordo Co, IowaCerro Gordo Co, IowaThe Iowa averages for our route on Day 4 was 188.7 bushels for the corn and 1509.5 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square for the soybeans. Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Iowa.Corn –180.25 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 162.65 b/a.Soybeans – 1219 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1033.6. Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Minnesota.Corn –190.87 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 169.35 b/a.Soybeans – 1119.22 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 945.1. 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Hot weather hanging on this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAHot weather, possibly close to the hottest weather of the season is on tap yet this week. This should help make corn stalks brown up fast. However, with that heat, high dewpoints or moisture will also accompany the hot weather. This means soil drying will be slower than you would normally expect with high temperatures due to a limit on the evapotranspiration rate. The hot weather will be fueled in part by tropical activity in the Pacific Ocean driving storms into the Pacific Northwest into western Canada and a big high pressure over the eastern U.S. Rainfall will likely continue at or above normal into the start of September before some drying occurs. We do not see any early freeze conditions this year.September Harvest Outlook:Temperatures: 2-4F above normalRainfall: Near normal (-0.5 to +0.5 inches)Humidity levels: Above normalFreeze Outlook: NoneField Conditions/Soil Moisture: 1-2 inches of extra moisture in soils so expect okay conditions for harvest except in lower areas that will likely remain wet.October Harvest Outlook:Temperatures: 1-3 F above normalRainfall: Above (+0.5-+1.0 inches)Humidity levels: Above normalFreeze Outlook: About normal timing from Oct. 10-20 rangeField Conditions/Soil Moisture: 1-2 inches of extra moisture in the soils and with some rainy weather some challenges can be expected in harvest. Wettest conditions will be western half and northern areas driest east and southeast.The next two weeks of rainfall can be seen on attached image. Normal is about 0.75 inches per week. Normal for two weeks is about 1.5 inches and the weather models suggest the rainfall will average 1.25 to 3+ inches over Ohio for the next two weeks. The biggest rain threats the next two weeks will be over parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa where rainfall could top a half foot and create real wet soil conditions in those areas.last_img read more

How To Train Your Internet Friends

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The difference between ReadWrite Pause and the rest of the op-eds about reconsidering our relationship with Web technology is that most of those op-eds are unbelievably stupid. They worry about the tech instead of the people. Computers are inanimate (so far). We are responsible for the way we use them.The problem here at the dawn of the Information Age is not that we have too much technology. It’s that we’ve trained each other to use it badly. If we want better communication, the first thing we have to do is communicate better. Then the technology and technology vendors will have to adapt to us.Un-Training Your FriendsThere is one key feature of social Web technology that we need to beware of because it affects us on a basic, neurological level: the notification. The little, white number in the little, red bubble is where all the joy comes from. It means somebody loves us. And that’s why we constantly come back looking for for more.Notifications add a sense of urgency to the interaction. And the more notifications that pile up, the more urgent they feel. It seems like the only way to manage the urgency is to respond.This is our first mistake.If you’re like me, and you have a close relationship with your smartphone, you’re probably pretty quick to respond to messages. It doesn’t matter what kind of message it is: If I see it, I feel compelled to respond. It’s the only way to clear it from my head. With a smartphone in my pocket, I always see it, and I respond right away. By being so responsive, I am training my friends and colleagues to think that I’m constantly available.This is the problem. This is where the overload comes from. By creating the expectation that we’re always available, the people in our networks learn to treat us as though we are. We get more messages with more urgency, and we get buried underneath them. We need to un-train our friends.Manage Your UrgencyUn-training our friends and colleagues has to start by training ourselves. I don’t think ignoring messages is a good solution. That’s stressful. The right approach is to manage the levels of urgency of the messages we receive.Only messages that we have to see immediately should send push notifications. Text messages are probably at the top of the urgency pile, and even those might be best managed with a VIP list, so only certain people’s texts come through right away. Twitter Direct Messages (DMs) are a good channel for urgent communication, since it’s easy to control who can send them to you.We should arrange the rest of our communication channels so that we have to confront messages only when we check for them intentionally.Back Off On EmailFrankly, I think people who get push notifications for email are crazy. I understand that some people might have no choice, but I think anyone who does have a choice should choose not to. What email message is so important that it has to be seen right away? We all know email overload leads to madness, but the problem is not email. The problem is people. Email is people. The only way to “fix email” is to re-train people to use it better.Notfications for Twitter mentions? Facebook messages? Freaking LinkedIn messages? Forget them all. We need to create a culture where those kinds of communications are simply not treated as urgent. They’re casual by definition. One should never be expected to have seen something on Facebook. It’s unfair.Fortunately, we actually have a great deal of control over the priorities of our messages. And the companies who provide these services, like Facebook and Twitter, have to build their products around the way we use them. They can push us to use them in certain ways — and they do with notifications — but we can resist. If we have a culture of good communicators, the tech will get better, too.Photos by Jon Mitchell. Second photo is of a painting by David Polka. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Pause Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… jon mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more